I first met Donald Schell on the mat of the dojo on Clement Street in San Francisco where we both began practicing aikido almost thirty years ago. As the years went by, I heard about his work as a rector in a local Episcopal church on Gough Street, and then about the exciting work of building St. Gregory of Nyssa, on Potrero Hill, an extraordinary church designed to provide space for the congregation to move and dance and sing during the service, with portraits of dancing saints Read more about Interview with Donald Schell: Risking Song
The other day I convened the mid year meeting of the Youth & Family Ministry Team at our church, a team that includes everybody involved with or interested in ministry with children, youth, or parents in our congregation. Read more about Copy Claim Create
Why is most Christian worship still so far from the talk of Jesus, whose Aramaic tongue said 'rejoice' by using the verb 'to dance?' Once dance and worship were married; now they go to church together rarely and keep separate friends. Read more about Jesus Wants to Dance with You at Church
"God Bless Every Step" (MBH #58)
"God Welcomes All" (there is a video of Paul Vasile leading this in Ottawa)
"If In Your Heart" (MBH #29)
"If In Your Heart" (MBH #30)
"Christ Is Our Guiding Light"
"Arise, Shine" (MBH #21)
"Jesuve Saraname" (Ana taught)
"Holy, Holy, Holy" (John Bell arrangement)
"I Will Supply Your Need"
"Hold My Hope" Read more about MMC - Kitchener Song List
We’ve titled our new All Saints Company book of liturgical music and hymns, “One Heart and One Song,” a line from the 19th Century English hymn, “From glory to glory advancing we praise Thee, O God,” which in turn translates a prayer from the ancient Liturgy of St. James. Read more about Part 3: Common Mind and the Mind of Christ
My older daughter and I were exiting the Imperial War Museum in Manchester (U.K.) where she lives. It was bright outside from the late afternoon sun playing on the network of deepwater canals that surround the museum. Read more about Part 2: Thinking together
Headwaters are places of beginning and ongoing generation. Headwaters can be huge like the Blue Nile Falls, where the Blue Nile begins in a wild rush of falling water a rising cloud of spray that make a lush riverbank in the arid Ethiopia of our first human ancestors. Read more about Part 1: Journeying to the Song and Gesture
All Saints Company Con-spirator Marilyn Haskel leads the congregation every Sunday at St. Paul’s Chapel, made up of regularly attending parishioners and one-time visitors from all over the world, through the music in the Sunday liturgy. Here's her 7 reasons to sing! Read more about 7 Reasons to Sing
Yesterday’s interpretation of the Passion Gospel by the Trinity Choir was the most arresting interpretation I have ever experienced, an instant indelible memory.
The technical aspects of what the choir did were impressive: the solos, duets, and full-choir parts were all completely improvised – the choir had no music, only text (the way the early monastics used to sing) - and one rehearsal to gel. This meant that they had to listen to one another intensely, in the moment, and they had to listen to what the text, and the moment itself, was telling them to do. Read more about When Performance Becomes Listening